Last week, I found new inspiration with a unique color combination and a simple rail fence pattern:
I love this pattern. It reminds me of some of the Amish quilts I’ve seen, both at the remarkable exhibit this fall at the De Young museum, and in a number of books, including Amish Abstractions and A Treasury of Amish Quilts. More on those books in a future post!
The Amish have a genius for taking a straightforward, geometric pattern and turning it into abstract art their their use of color and line. I tried using their thinking and applying it to a more tropical, Asian-inspired palette from Connecting Threads’ “Sweet and Sour” fabric line. I was happy with the result.
I hope the one-year-old recipient will like it, too. I made it for a great friend/terrific crafting buddy’s baby son for his birthday. I’d been itching to find the right colors and pattern that would be sophisticated enough for his mom’s tasteful home but fun for baby, too. Kids tend to enjoy saturated colors (more than we give them credit for with the prevalence of pastels!).
I experimented with the use of contrasting and matching thread for my free motion quilting here. I think I liked the way the matching thread (green on the borders) turned out, but the contrasting purple in the center of the quilt was interesting, too, because to me, it looked like a deep, dark river running through this geometric jungle:
My sewing machine found this quilt a little too much to handle for some reason and had to take a little “vacation” in the shop. So I’m going to take a break from quilting until she’s in tip-top shape again. Time for some more easy knitting!